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Hormonal imbalance – find solution in running

Hormonal imbalance – find solution in running

Posted by on Jun 5, 2016 in Women's Health | 0 comments

One of the most frequent problems gynecologist encounter in practice is different manifestation of hormonal imbalance. There are two most common types: occasional lack of period and irregular bleedings. In this article, we are going to show you the connection between running and keeping the regular body weight and gynecological health of the women, primarily the good work of sex hormones.

What happens if your period is late?

The lack of period with young and healthy women is usually a sign of pregnancy. But what happens if you aren’t pregnant and your period is late? The only logical explanation is the hormonal disorder. The bleeding appears outside of menstrual cycle, which is more or less large, we will exclude some other conditions here, are sign that you have disorder with hormones.

Puberty is important period of time in life

This is a time when a person becomes sexually mature. A big physical and mental changes occur in the young person’s life. Endocrine glands are by their function closely connected and puberty is important because its appearance has a lot of to do with the function of hormones.

girl-648121_1920Syndrome of polycystic ovaries occurs in puberty

This is one of the most frequent causes of menstrual cycle disorder. This syndrome hits between 8 – 12 percent of women and more than 50% are overweight. Polycystic ovaries disturb normal way of life and can bring to sterility.

Fat tissue is partly endocrine organ

Fat tissue has a really important role in this aspect of the proper functioning of the body. Every person needs a fat tissue so that puberty can hit. It is proven fact that overweight girls early enter puberty stage than overweight boys. So, fat tissue, or some part of it, has a significant influence on the beginning of the puberty and further on the hormonal development of the woman.

The connection of endocrine glands

The work of all endocrine glands is closely connected and the leading role has hypothalamus, part of the brain that commands them all and hypophysis is under the hypothalamus. A small gland which is located at the base of the brain and in some way monitors the work of other glands. This is a fine and subtle mechanism of influences and we can’t say that everything has been researched in that field.


First line of treatment: regulating a diet and regular physical activity

Since we have all the fact and we know that reducing a body weight regulates polycystic ovaries condition. While we are running we increase the sensitivity on insulin and with that we improve the metabolism of fats, further we regulate the syndrome of polycystic ovaries and establish normal activity of hormones and menstrual cycle.

Simple solutions aren’t always easy ones

woman-1418458_1920To conclude, running as aerobic activity leads to a reduction of body weight, which significantly influences on normal work of women’s sex hormones. You would agree that running is one of the simplest and most natural approaches here.

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Hormonal effect on women’s addiction

Hormonal effect on women’s addiction

Posted by on Jun 4, 2016 in Addiction, Women's Health | 0 comments


Smoking remains number one risk factor of a wide collection of preventable diseases and the absolute winner among the most frequently used vices everywhere in the world. Modern lifestyle increased the number of women smokers exposing them to huge health risks since women tend to be more sensitive to hazardous effects of this bad habit than men. Women also have more difficulties when attempting to quit compared to men. To promote anti – smoking public health campaign and provide women with effective service and treatment when they decide to quit smoking, the group of scientists conducted the research exploring mechanisms and causes of addiction and their relation to natural hormonal changes in women.

The influence of hormonal fluctuations

Looking for the appropriate and effective ways to design individualized approach and treatment for women smokers, a team of researchers from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania analyzed the influence of hormonal fluctuations during the regular menstrual cycle in women on the intensity of their addiction and their chances to quit smoking and stick to the decision. The study was published in “Biology of sex differences” journal revealing quite interesting results. The study included 38 participants, healthy premenopausal women smokers ages 21 to 51. The condition was that neither one of them was currently using hormonal contraceptive therapy. All women were subjected to functional MRI scanning. The researchers were examining functional connections between cortical regions of the brain involved with behavior control and process of decision making and regions involved with the sense of reward.


Hormones affect women’s decisions

brain-1293313_1280The mere process of smoking, as well as all so-called “appetitive reminders” – all things, places, rituals, even people that particular women associated with consuming cigarettes – were categorized as signals for triggering brain region involved with the sense of reward.  The major assumption of the research was that natural fluctuation and changes in hormonal concentrations during menstrual cycle affect women’s affinity towards various vices and raise their risk of recidivism if trying to quit smoking. The hypothesis was that these hormonal influences affect how women react to awards and how they make decisions regarding these kinds of rewards.

Follicular phase – high risk for addictive behavior

woman-918616_1920The women were divided into a group of women who were in their follicular phase of the cycle at the moment and the second group of women who were in the luteal phase. Two groups showed different results suggesting that estrogen, which is dominant hormone in the follicular phase affected behavior differently than progesterone, which dominates during the luteal phase. These hormones affect neural processes and connection between cognitive regions of the brain and “reward” regions of the brain in a different manner. The conclusion of the research showed that follicular phase is the period of the month when women are at higher risk of succumbing to addictive behavior and using of tobacco. Opposed to that, progesterone appeared to be protecting women from relapsing in the case they tried to quit smoking.

This means that female smokers have a better chance of succeeding in quitting smoking if they “time” their decision according to the “progesterone” period in a month.


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